Subaru Crosstrek vs Toyota RAV4: Prepare Yourself for the Next Adventure with the Right SUV

Comparing SUVs can be a hassle. You have to find the one that best meets the needs of your busy lifestyle. When it comes to blending an efficient commute with an enjoyable off-road-capable model, the Subaru Crosstrek has all you need wrapped up in one package. Equipped with tons of features and offering a plethora of amenities to make each trip enjoyable, you'll be hard-pressed to find another SUV that can go toe-to-toe with the Crosstrek. The Toyota RAV4 does offer plenty to like but even that impressive model fails to match up against the Crosstrek in a variety of categories. We're happy to take you through a side-by-side comparison of the two models and show you how the Subaru Crosstrek is the right choice for your driving experience!

Subaru Crosstrek on wet road

Subaru Crosstrek vs Toyota RAV4: Performance

  • Both models keep things simple with two engine options, including a hybrid model that is excellent for fuel consumption. The standard choice for the Subaru is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder while the Toyota RAV4 equips a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder.
  • For the off-road enthusiasts, the Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with symmetrical all-wheel drive that provides traction to wheels when the system notices one starting to slip. The X-MODE® feature, available on most models in the lineup, is prepared for any kind of road condition you might come across. Toyota offers all-wheel drive but doesn't equip it standard unless requested.
  • The Subaru Crosstrek is just a little behind the Toyota RAV4 when it comes to fuel efficiency until you consider that the Toyota RAV4 achieves similar results when you equip all-wheel drive. It does better in the city but worse on the highway than the Subaru Crosstrek. The Subaru also offers a larger gas tank, so you'll spend less time stopping at the gas pump than you would at the wheel of a RAV4.

Subaru Crosstrek vs Toyota RAV4: Design

  • The Crosstrek is both shorter and thinner than the Toyota RAV4. That allows you to navigate into those tighter parking spots with a bit more peace of mind than the RAV4 might allow.
  • Both models offer seating for up to five passengers but the Subaru puts more emphasis on passenger comfort by offering over 100 cubic feet of space to stretch out in. The Toyota lags behind with only 98.9 cubic feet.
  • Each model is designed to accommodate your needs and you'll find that either one provides over 55 cubic feet of cargo space to handle camping supplies as well as vacation luggage for your next big trip.

Subaru Crosstrek vs Toyota RAV4: Technology

  • The Toyota RAV4 comes standard with the Entune™ 3.0 Audio Plus System that utilizes a seven-inch touchscreen whereas the Subaru Forester comes with the STARLINK™ Multimedia Plus system and a 6.5-inch touchscreen. While both can upgrade to the eight-inch screen and optional navigation, only the Subaru Forester comes standard with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. The Toyota lets you connect compatible Apple devices but not Android ones.
Subaru Crosstrek trunk with cargo space

Subaru Crosstrek vs Toyota RAV4: Safety

  • Subaru offers all their Crosstrek models with the EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology while the Toyota RAV4 comes with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0. Both feature pre-collision systems, lane departure alerts, and adaptive cruise control to help navigate through crowded streets and tricky roads.
  • Both models offer access to Blind Spot Monitoring systems but each lineup requires upgrades to more expensive trim levels to unlock the feature. Upgrading in the Toyota lineup will cost you quite a bit more than doing so with a higher trim in the Crosstrek lineup.

The Subaru Forester offers enough to stand toe-to-toe with the Toyota RAV4 and other popular competitors. However, you'll find the Forester is much more affordable so you can save money in the process. Swing by our dealership today and we'll get you at the wheel for a test drive!

Subaru Crosstrek driving through plains